Unpaid Overtime Fair Labor Standards Act

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"Constructive Knowledge" Off-The-Clock Claim Rejected

Another federal appellate court, this time the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas) has rejected an employee's claim to have been entitled to federal Fair Labor...more

The California Regular Rate Of Pay: Not Be So Peculiar

We normally write about how California law differs from American law generally. Today, though, we highlight a recent California case that rejected the notion that California law should deviate from analogous federal wage and...more

Summertime Blues? Solicitor of Labor Eyes July Publication of Overtime Regs

Pinning down a publication date for the DOL’s final revisions to the white-collar exemption rules has proven difficult to anyone outside of the agency’s headquarters. Sometimes, the answer seems to elude even those inside the...more

New FLSA Exemption Rules - Coming In July?

Over the last few months we've been asked on an almost daily basis when the DOL will be publishing its hotly anticipated white collar exemption rules. The short answer is still, we don't know. A few months ago, the word was...more

Burr Alert: Changes to Federal Overtime Exemption Rules Coming in July 2016: What Your Workplace Must Know and Do to Prepare

The U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") recently announced its long awaited changes to the federal overtime regulations will be published in July 2016. The revised regulations, which were first discussed in March 2014, are...more

FLSA Administrative Exemption – It Is Not What You Think It Is

The number one class action lawsuit for several years running is FLSA claims for overtime pay. The lawsuits can be based on inaccurately recorded or calculated work hours, work hours before “going on the clock” or after...more

Federal Law Applies in Calculating Overtime on Flat Sum Bonuses

Paying employees a bonus may trigger the obligation to pay retroactive overtime. The good news is that Alvarado v. Dart Container Corporation of California clarifies that it is lawful for California employers to use the...more

Big Changes Are Coming to Overtime Laws in 2016

On March 13, 2014, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the United States Department of Labor (DOL) to update the regulations regarding white-collar workers. In June 2015, the DOL announced its proposed...more

Meowing Dogs and Barking Cats: Supreme Court’s Grant of Cert on Exempt Status of Automobile Service Advisors May Result in...

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to resolve the question of whether “service advisors” at car dealerships—workers whose primary job responsibilities involve identifying service needs and selling service solutions to the...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Service Advisor OT Pay Split

As we reported back in October 2015 a car dealership, Encino Motorcars, petitioned the Supreme Court to “restore uniformity” to the enforcement of legal precedent and hold that service advisors are exempt from the FLSA’s...more

Employer Beware: Be Prepared for New Labor Regulations Coming in 2016

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) is quite possibly the labor law that employers grapple with more than any other. The regulations can be murky at best when actually applied and the price tag for running afoul of the...more

Chebotnikov v. LimoLink, Inc.: a Cautionary Tale Concerning the Use of Forum-Selection Clauses

At the end of last year, a federal court in Massachusetts found that a forum selection clause in an Iowa company’s standard form service-provider agreement did not apply to claims asserted under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

How to Incentivize an Employee Exempt Under the White Collar Exemptions

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), certain employees can be exempt from overtime if they meet the "white collar exemptions" – the bona fide executive, administrative, professional, certain computer and outside sales...more

What Is A "Percentage Bonus"?

Overtime wages for employees subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime requirement must be based upon the "regular rate" of pay. This is an hourly rate that is normally determined by dividing the total wages...more

Are Your Administrative Employees Really Exempt From Overtime Pay?

On December 23, 2015, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that insurance investigators who work in a special investigative unit of GEICO’s claims department do not come within the administrative exemption under the...more

The Fourth Circuit’s Countdown to 2016 Includes Two FLSA Classification Decisions

While we were in the midst of office holiday parties and end of the year celebrations, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals came down with two precedential decisions for employers to ponder in the New Year. In Williams v....more

City Not Liable For Chicago Police Officers' Blackberry Work Time

If a tree falls in the forest but there is no one around to hear, does it make a sound? If a non-exempt worker answers an e-mail message after hours on her Blackberry but fails to put in for overtime, has she performed...more

First Circuit Holds that Jury Can Decide Whether Store Managers Were Exempt from the Overtime Requirements of the FLSA

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed summary judgment to the employer, an operator of Dunkin’ Donuts stores, on claims by two former managers that they were improperly denied overtime under the...more

So What About Those “BlackBerry Claims” We’ve Been Worried About?

BlackBerry devices may be a thing of the past; but smartphones–and their ability to allow employees to be constantly connected–certainly aren’t going away any time soon. On Thursday, a judge in the Northern District of...more

Changes to Minimum Wage and Overtime Exemptions expected by July 2016

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) is preparing to make dramatic changes to certain exemptions from federal minimum wage and overtime requirements. DOL proposes to update the regulations governing which executive,...more

Double the Pain: DOL Now Assessing Liquidated Damages for Overtime Violations

For some time now, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) has been taking a progressively more aggressive approach to wage and hour compliance, marked by increased staffing/resources and more frequent...more

New Rule for Overtime Pay Coming Later in 2016

Employers anxious to learn what exactly will be required of them under new overtime rules will need to wait a bit longer to learn what exactly those rules will require, according to a U.S. Department of Labor statement last...more

LATEST UPDATE: When Will The Exemption Changes Occur?

The U.S. Labor Department's most-recent semi-annual regulatory agenda shows a July 2016 "Final Rule" timeframe for the revised regulations defining the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1) exemptions....more

Final Rule Amending Overtime Requirements Not Expected Until Late 2016

On June 30, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) published its proposed rule amending the minimum salary requirement for overtime exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the proposed rule, the minimum weekly...more

Pizza franchisee jailed for wage violations

Most employers know that failing to pay minimum wage or overtime pay to their employees can lead to serious consequences. When employees file lawsuits claiming unpaid overtime wages, they can bring in their co-workers,...more

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